Coronavirus FAQs

These are the answers to questions about COVID-19 posed by you. We will keep you up to date with any new information and advice as we get it.


If you suspect you have COVID-19

Are there any treatments for coronavirus?

What can I do to ensure I get my booster or third vaccine?

Am I eligible for a booster vaccine?

Am I eligible for a third vaccine?

What is the difference between the ‘booster’ and the ‘third’ vaccine?

I haven’t heard about my next hospital appointment, what should I do?

Why is shielding being paused? What is the evidence base for this decision?

How do I know if I’m on immunosuppressive drugs?

Will I need to shield again in the future? How will those decisions be taken?

What about my medical treatment?

Preventing others from infecting you

I'm on immunosuppressant drugs and have had 2 COVID jabs, can I start meeting people again?

What about my oxygen supply?

‍I'm feeling more breathless. Can I have an oxygen test?

Should I wear a face mask?

What happens if I am admitted to hospital?

What about medications and the coronavirus?

What can I do to help others?

This information was originally published on 8 March 2020, and was last updated on 6th January 2022. This advice is updated as new information becomes available.